Technical Articles

  • Flashpoint

    The topic of this month’s column is one I wanted to write about for a while, but other things kept taking center stage. I want to tell you about what …

  • Air Leakage and Dry Pipe Systems

    Written by Jason Webb –Director of Industry Affairs at Potter Electric One of the keys to assessing the overall health of a dry or preaction system is…

  • July/August 2021 Technical Challenge Answers

    Can You Meet the Challenge? In each issue of Sprinkler Age, AFSA’s Engineering & Technical Services Department presents technical challenges. Besi…

  • Protecting High-Rack Storage in a Retail Setting

    Electronic Sprinklers Provide Flexibility for Non-Traditional Projects As the storage industry evolves, it often presents unique fire hazards that req…

  • AFSA Technical Challenges

    May/June 2021 Answers and Explanations Each issue, AFSA’s Engineering & Technical Services Department presents technical challenges. Besides testi…

Flashpoint

The topic of this month’s column is one I wanted to write about for a while, but other things kept taking center stage. I want to tell you about what I have seen and heard over the last six months or so traveling the country. I have traveled to Alabama, …

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July/August 2021 Technical Challenge Answers

Can You Meet the Challenge? In each issue of Sprinkler Age, AFSA’s Engineering & Technical Services Department presents technical challenges. Besides testing yourself and your co-workers, these exercises are excellent preparation for professional certification tests and also may count as continuing education hours. Check with your certification organization to see …

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Protecting High-Rack Storage in a Retail Setting

Electronic Sprinklers Provide Flexibility for Non-Traditional Projects As the storage industry evolves, it often presents unique fire hazards that require customized detection and suppression solutions. For example, modern lift technology is allowing for higher storage heights, increasing the need for fire protection systems that can monitor and help protect these …

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AFSA Technical Challenges

May/June 2021 Answers and Explanations Each issue, AFSA’s Engineering & Technical Services Department presents technical challenges. Besides testing yourself and your co-workers, these exercises are excellent preparation for professional certification tests and also may count as continuing education hours. Check with your certification organization to see if this exercise meets …

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AFSA Welcomes Joshua McDonald, CFPS

New Technical Programs Specialist Enhances Engineering & Technical Services Department DALLAS – The American Fire Sprinkler Association (AFSA) is pleased to welcome Joshua McDonald, CFPS to its Department of Engineering & Technical Services as technical programs specialist. In this role, he will be responsible for developing, updating, and delivery of technical content. “Joshua brings …

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Fitter’s Challenge

Calling all Fitters! Each issue, AFSA’s Engineering & Technical Services Department presents one or multiple challenges for fitters. Besides challenging yourself and your co-workers, working these problems enforces lessons that should be learned through an apprenticeship program and explains how requirements from the standard are applied in the field. To …

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Spotlight on Sprinkler System Freeze Protection

The American Fire Sprinkler Association (AFSA), a Dallas-based international trade association representing the fire sprinkler industry, empathizes with the people affected and the hardships presented by this unprecedented winter storm and freeze.The majority of fire sprinkler systems are installed with water-filled pipes, which must be protected from freezing and are …

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Flashpoint

As we start the New Year, my thoughts turn to addressing one of our membership’s largest needs: representation on National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) technical committees. Our average contractor member typically does not have the time or resources to participate in the NFPA process actively. I know this firsthand. Working …

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